Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 27, Issue 23, February 4, 2020

From the PFC President


Normally, I take this space to write something upbeat about Thornhill, but this week I have an earnest plea.

Thornhill is in need of a carnival chair. We have made several appeals to our community for someone who is willing to oversee what is one of the most popular community events Thornhill puts on every year. However, because no one has volunteered, we are facing a situation that I hate to contemplate: possible cancellation of the carnival.

The good news is, carnival chairs from past years have created an easy plug-and-play template to follow, and veterans of the process can give you support and answer your questions--there just needs to be someone responsible for managing and delegating the to-dos, and we need to identify them as soon as possible. If you have been to Thornhill carnivals in past years, you know how fun it is, and it would be disappointing not to have one in 2020. Have fun and earn hero status at the same time!

If you are interested in becoming carnival chair, please contact either me at, or Becky Urbano, our vice president of support, at The sooner we fill this position, the easier it will be to do, and the better it will be for our community.

And while I have you: Please join us for the next PFC meeting next Monday, February 10, from 6-7pm, followed by optional socializing at Taps & Takeout. It will be a great opportunity to learn more about the carnival and to get involved in general!


Rex Crum


Thornhill Summer Camp Auction

Bid on summer camps like Sarah’s Science Camp, Camp EDMO, Mountain Camp and so many more! The bidding starts on Friday, February 7 and closes Thursday, February 13 at 8pm.

Go ahead and see what camps are available and make this another epic summer for your Thornhill Thunderbird! Take a peek at the camps here - more will be added every day.

P.S. Still don’t have your tickets to the auction (March 14)? Buy them here by February 15 before the prices go up by $15 a person.


Dine Out Night at The Star on Grand

Wednesday, February 12, 5-9pm

3425 Grand Ave, Oakland

Dine In or Take Out at The Star on Grand on Wednesday, February 12, between 5-9pm and 10 percent comes back to our school. When you arrive (to dine in or take out), please tell your server you are there for Thornhill. At the end of the night, the purchases will get logged and a 10 percent giveback will be directed to Thornhill PFC. Eat. Drink. And Raise Money for Thornhill!


Save the Date: Thornhill Night at the A’s!

Hold the night of Friday, May 8 for Thornhill’s annual night at the A’s game! We have a block on hold for the game against the Toronto Blue Jays, first pitch at 7:07pm.

We’ll post the link to purchase tickets soon. As a reminder, a portion of the ticket purchase goes to the PFC—last year we raised approximately $1000 and had a great time.


Shop & Earn with Good Eggs

Support our school when you shop! We’ve partnered with Good Eggs, a Bay Area grocery delivery service, to fundraise for our school. When you try Good Eggs as a new customer, Thornhill earns $25 and you get $25 off your first order. Talk about a win-win!

Use our school’s promo code “tbird5880" when you check out, and share it with friends and family who’d also love to support our school! This is an ongoing fundraiser so the code does not expire—feel free to share with friends and family!
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The website always has the latest calendar information, and here's what's coming up:

  • Monday, February 10: PFC Meeting (6-7pm library + optional Taps & Takeout mixer)
  • Wednesday, February 12: Dine Out at The Star On Grand (5-9pm)
  • Monday, February 17: NO SCHOOL (Presidents Day)
  • Wednesday, February 26: Engineering Night (5:30-7pm, MPR)
  • Saturday, March 14: Thornhill Auction (Fratellanza Club)
  • Monday-Thursday, March 23-26: Spring Conference Week - MINIMUM DAYS! (more info to come about 4th grade conferences as this is the Coloma trip)
  • Friday, March 27: NO SCHOOL (In lieu of Cesar Chavez Day)
  • Monday, March 30 - Friday, April 3: NO SCHOOL - Spring Recess

Be sure also to subscribe to the Thornhill Google Calendar here, and download the OUSD District calendar here.


About the Thornhill Newsletter

The Thornhill Parent-Faculty Club (PFC) eNews team publishes this weekly newsletter each Tuesday in the school year to communicate school, PFC and OUSD news, events and information.

Email submissions to our Newsletter Chair, Evie Nagy, at by 8 p.m. Thursday for approval—nothing sent after this will be included in the following week’s newsletter unless there are extremely compelling extenuating circumstances. It’s fine to include text in the body of the email with links and no formatting, and attach photos preferably as 150 x 150, 72 dpi JPG or GIFs only (not embedded in email or Word file). Submissions may be edited for spelling, grammar, brevity and clarity. Advertising and items not related to Thornhill are not accepted, as we need to keep the newsletter focused on need-to-know info for the community.

THANK YOU to everyone who submits articles and to PFC Board Members, Teachers, VP of Communications Erin Proudfoot, PFC President Rex Crum, and Principal Steve Daubenspeck. Member of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).